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Excerpts & Images

Giving Grief Meaning: A celebration of our collective quest to find hope amidst suffering

A free Zoom event featuring author Lily Dulan and photographer Robert Sturman

Saturday, Feb. 27, at 4 PM CST | 2 PM PST

Kranzberg Arts Foundation and the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum present a special, free Zoom event, Excerpts and ImagesGiving Grief Meaning: A celebration of our collective quest to find hope amidst suffering, live from High Low on Saturday, February 27 at 4 p.m. Central. The event pairs St. Louis-born author, Marriage and Family Therapist, psychotherapist, and certified yoga teacher Lily Dulan with renowned photographer and dedicated yoga practitioner Robert Sturman to explore what wellness and healing look like in action. 

Dulan is the author of a new book, GIVING GRIEF MEANING (Mango Press; December 1, 2020),  a unique, new therapy for healing and self-discovery which can be harnessed in every facet of our lives. Dulan’s personal journey from grief to recovery, along with her training in eastern and western wellness modalities, offer a tangible and healing balm for the wounds of sorrow, illness, addiction, unexpected life changes, and every other obstacle in our path. 

Following the death of her daughter, Kara Meyer Dulan, from SIDs at the tender age of two months, Dulan was compelled to give meaning to her daughter’s brief life and honor her name. As she moved through the grief process in a profound and transformative way, she gradually created The Name Work®, a cross-pollination of proven psychological modalities, 12-step wellness tools, and spiritual healing applications. By attaching special meaning to names, and following breathing and meditative exercises, daily affirmations, and more, the method teaches us how to overcome our personal and professional challenges. It also addresses our shared grief at this most difficult and challenging time in history, brought on by Covid-19, racialism, a collapsing economy, and environmental disasters. All of the proceeds from the sale of GIVING GRIEF MEANING will be donated to The Kara Love Project, a nonprofit organization Dulan founded to honor her daughter that promotes giving and positive action for underserved and marginalized individuals and communities around the globe. 

Dulan will present excerpts from GIVING GRIEF MEANING paired with healing portraits by Sturman from his collection of yoga photographs taken around the world. 

“Sturman’s images of a great variety of people taking the inward journey and connecting to their breath through practicing yoga encouraged me to turn towards the light. Yoga is one of the methods that I used to navigate being a new mom who was also still experiencing grief,” says Dulan. “For me, Robert’s work celebrates the beauty of re-connecting to our bodies and ourselves, which is also a big part of my Name Work and Giving Grief Meaning. ” 

No pre-registration is required to attend the live Zoom event. Find the link to the Zoom event by clicking the button above, or use the following information to join.

Meeting ID: 815 0536 1488
Passcode: 981777

About Lily Dulan

Lily Dulan is an MFT Psychotherapist with a master’s degree in Psychology and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles. She played an instrumental role in starting the LGBTQ Affirmative Psychology specialization at Antioch University. Dulan holds a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching from Simmons College in Boston and is a certified Heart of Yoga Teacher. She studied Spiritual Coursework at Agape International Spiritual Center under the tutelage of Reverend Michael Bernard Beckwith.

Dula drew on her studies of both Eastern and Western disciplines to create a heart-centered system of healing and moving through trauma that she calls The Name Work. After her first daughter, Kara Meyer Dulan, died at home from SIDS at two months old, Dulan started a foundation in her child’s memory called The Kara Love Project. The Kara Love Project has teamed with local, national, and international organizations such as the Unatti Foundation in Nepal, Venice Arts in Los Angeles, and Foster Nation to serve marginalized youth. It has also developed and supported programming to benefit the mental and physical wellbeing of seniors in Los Angeles county. Dulan facilitates The Name Work workshops and educational events in the greater Los Angeles area for universities, organizations, corporations, and small private groups. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.

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About Robert Sturman

A dedicated yoga practitioner, photographer Robert Sturman has increasingly focused on capturing the timeless grace and embodied mindfulness of asana in his work. 

His portraits, whether set in the lively streets of Manhattan, the expansive beaches and canyons of Malibu, the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, the timeless elegance of Walden’s New England, or the bleakness of San Quentin Prison, remind us that there is beauty everywhere. 

His stunning repertoire runs the gamut from yogis perched on rocks surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, to African orphans practicing yoga in Kenya, to breast cancer survivors, bare-chested and scarred. In addition, Sturman has worked extensively photographing war veterans who have embraced the practice of yoga to heal PTSD, in an effort to help change the heartbreaking statistics of veteran suicides each day.

In Sturman’s own words, “I often think of Rumi’s words ‘I can’t stop pointing to the beauty.’ That feels right to me.” Sturman’s honors include Official Artist of the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, 2010 FIFA World Cup Artist Representing America, and Official Artist 2008 United States Olympics. Sturman has been the subject of two separate New York Times articles celebrating his photographs of yoga from around the world.

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